The Orange Box – desktop size OpenStack cloud

Announced at the OpenStack Summit on Tuesday, the Orange Box is a mobile cluster with ten nodes, all enclosed in a single ruggedized case and weighing a total of 32kg.

The Box is built by Tranquil PC and Canonical and includes 10 Intel NUC microservers, each with a Core i5-3427U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and 120GB of SSD storage for a total of 1.2TB.

The first node also contains a 2TB HDD and Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi adapter for connecting the box wirelessly.

Internally, the nodes are all linked via a Gigabit Ethernet fabric that runs over a D-Link DGS-1100-16 managed switch with 802.1q VLAN support. Six GbE ports are also exposed on the real panel, which can be used to connect to LANs or even to cluster multiple Orange Boxes.


The box is designed to run quiet, with each node passively cooled via aluminum heat sinks and just a single fan to cool the 100-240V power supply.

The box comes preinstalled with 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on each node, plus Canonical’s metal-as-a-service (MaaS) and Juju management and configuration automation tools. From there, customers can deploy multiple workloads, including OpenStack but also Cloud Foundry, Hadoop, and other services available as Juju Charms.

Tranquil PC is selling the baseline configuration for £7,575.00 with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse included. Individual cluster nodes can also be upgraded with extra storage.

Read about The Orange Box at The Register, Tranquil PC and Canonical.

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